I always believed that blogging is for everyone (And, yes, that includes those people who are shy).
Shy people do have a voice (they may not speak that often), but they have a story inside of them ― a story that can be expressed via blogging.
If you are a shy person who is thinking about venturing into blogging, you will have to lose your shyness.
So today, I am going to provide some simple tips that will help shy bloggers overcome their shyness.
1.) Interact With Your Commenters
If someone reads one of your blog posts and they like it, there is a high probability of them pressing the Like button as well as leaving you a comment in the comment section of your blog.
Being shy, you might choose not to respond to the comment.
Now, when it comes to blogging, one’s willingness to interact with a commenter is a prerequisite.
Therefore, you will need to sum up the confidence from within you and respond to the person’s comment.
Your response could be a simple, “Thank you.”
If you get yourself into the habit of responding to the comments on your blog regularly, it could help you to grow out of your shyness.
2.) Find Like-Minded Bloggers To Interact With
Finding like-minded bloggers to interact with is highly recommended (It is one of those things that will help you to overcome your shyness).
One of the best places to locate like-minded bloggers is the WordPress Reader. For example, if you are into poetry, you can type in the Poetry tag in the WordPress Reader.
If you are new to WordPress or you are one of those people who have never used the WordPress Reader before, the article, Reader by the WordPress.com Support Team, will teach you everything that will need to know about this functionality.
3.) Participate In Prompts
If you are shy, participating in prompts could help you to step outside of your figurative shell ― the one that has been limiting your experiences for quite a long time.
My friend, Fandango, has some of the best prompts that I have ever seen on WordPress (He is really good at what he does).
Plus, he is good with people; he will make you feel at home.
Fandango’s prompts are worth taking part in.
4.) Publish Some Stuff About Yourself
Talking about yourself is another way of overcoming your shyness.
Now, you do not have to go overboard by giving away all the details of yourself (There are some things that should remain private).
However, what you can do is slowly break the ice by publishing the following types of blog posts:
- A blog post that discusses some of your favourite books.
- A blog post that highlights some of your favourite movies.
- A blog post that discusses some of your favourite songs.
- A blog post that is based on some of your favourite foods.
- A blog post that is based on some of the places that you have visited.
- A blog post that shows off your artwork.
- A blog post that displays some of the photographs that you took with your own camera.
Contrary to what some people may think or believe, there are shy people who are talented at many things (We will not see their unique gifts until they are comfortable enough to disclose them to us).
5.) Let Your Hair Down
When I say, “Let your hair down,” I am not suggesting that you take it out of the bun and allow it to drop on your shoulders; I am suggesting that you should relax and enjoy yourself.
The WordPress community is mostly comprised of wonderful people ― the type of people who are supportive of each other.
You might encounter a miserable soul in the form of a troll occasionally, but you can rest assured knowing that those types of people are in the minority.
The more you let your hair down in the blogosphere, the more comfortable you are going to feel (And, it would help you to distance yourself from your shyness).
It is possible for bloggers to overcome their shyness; that can be accomplished by:
- They making a conscientious effort to interact with their blog’s commenters.
- They making an effort to find like-minded bloggers to interact with.
- They being brave enough to participate in prompts.
- They having the courage to publish stuff about themselves.
- They letting their hair down.
There is always hope for the blogger who is shy.
Putting the above pointers into practice should help you to overcome your shyness in the blogosphere.
And, as always, thank you for reading!